Mastung blast becomes the deadliest terrorist attack in history of Pakistan

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Mastung blast becomes the deadliest terrorist attack in history of Pakistan

MASTUNG - Mastung blast becomes the deadliest blast in the history of Pakistan as the death toll in deadly Mastung blast has escalated to 149 whereas 186 people are still under treatment at different hospitals across the province.

Deputy Commissioner Qaim Lashari revealed that report of the mishap has been prepared as per which, some of the people had taken the bodies of their relatives to their houses direct from the blast site.

He also appealed the bereaved families to contact the district administration for compensation money announced by the government. Report of the incident has also been sent to interior ministry, he added.

On Friday, a suicide blast ripped through a crowd at a political rally in Mastung and claimed lives of 149 people including Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) candidate Nawabzada Siraj Raisani. Authorities said the suicide bomber detonated in the middle of a compound where the political meeting was taking place.

The blast is the latest in a string of attacks that have spurred fears of violence ahead of nationwide polls on July 25. Authorities said the suicide bomber detonated in the middle of a compound where the political meeting was taking place.

The attack was the most lethal since Taliban militants assaulted a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar in 2014, killing over 150 people, mostly children, and one of the deadliest in Pakistan’s long struggle with militancy.

It came hours after four people were killed and 39 injured when a bomb hidden inside a motorcycle detonated close to another politician’s convoy in Bannu on Friday, near the border with Afghanistan.

The politician -- Akram Khan Durrani, a candidate of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) party -- survived, police said. No group has yet claimed responsibility for that attack.

On Tuesday, a bomb claimed by the Taliban targeted a rally by the Awami National Party (ANP) in the city of Peshawar. Local ANP leader Haroon Bilour was among the 22 killed. Thousands flocked to his funeral the next day.